Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? No matter how hard or how much you’ve prayed, it seems like God is wearing ear plugs or something because absolutely nothing is getting through? That was me all this week. Everything that could go wrong did! Bad news was common place, my oldest was on one, the one Christmas gift I ordered online (and would like to send to my niece and nephew in California) was sent to the wrong post office and has yet to be rerouted and I just I felt as if I were at my whits end. This time of year can also be a bit challenging at work as students begin to get that “Winter Break is almost here” feeling and need to be redirected a little more than usual. It’s moments like these when I feel like I just need to give God a break. Not out of anger, but sheer exhaustion. I have so much going on that I begin to feel like more of a burden to him than a grateful, happy daughter.
So, in being very honest, when I decide to “give God a break”, I stop having quiet times, I take down my prayer wall and put away my bible and journal. Now that ought to fix things, right? Ha! It is in these moments when I am reminded of God most. All of a sudden I am surrounded by the thoughts of all God has taught me and shown me during my morning quiet times, prayers and meditation. I am reminded that I am a chosen daughter, exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty (Eph. 2:10). It is these moments that I am reminded that prayer and my daily relationship with God is what makes me aware of all the resources, strength and protection God has already placed at my side (2 Kings 6:16).
So, you see, even when it seems that the worst of times is upon you, your daily study of God’s word during those still, dark mornings when you are barely awake and trying to get in a study before all breaks loose in the house with kids running to get ready for school, the significant other yelling for his lunch and morning coffee, the new grand baby crying for his morning milk and the dog needing to be let out…your daily time with God is what prepares you for these not so great times that are sure to come. Be reminded that it is in these times when the importance of building a relationship with God shows through. I encourage you to have a quiet time every morning.
I am very grateful that my “breaks” do not last long at all! How can they? Just when I thought God was not listening, he seems to start talking non-stop and there is no way to simply ignore God’s voice and tugging at your heart. After a day or two of trying my best to “take a break” (like I was really going to win) my bible finds its way back onto my nightstand, my letters, thoughts and prayers go back up on the wall and my quiet times take on a life of their own. I am very grateful that I have a Father who never turns his back on me.
Enjoy your day! Wishing my mommy in heaven a happy birthday today! 🙂